By: Chad Hyatt
Reflection—v. 21, one of you will betray me
Few human activities really cut to the heart of what sin is like betrayal. When we sin, we betray God, we betray those closest to us, and we betray ourselves, too. It is always preferable to point fingers than to see our own complicity with evil. In the gospel narrative, it is easy for us to label Judas as the ‘bad guy,’ a villain with a crooked hat. But Judas is in all of us. I think most of us want to reject that idea as quickly as possible; we rush to our own defense, justifying why we behave the way we do. I find genuine love overcomes my defenses, allowing me to see my actions and attitudes for what they are. Jesus knew what was happening, and who would betray him. And yet Jesus sits at the table with him, sharing with his betrayer the most intimate giving of himself possible. John makes it painfully clear that Jesus knows exactly what is happening, and is deeply troubled by it, and yet Jesus loves fully, never flinching in the face of betrayal. In the gracious love and humility that Jesus has on the full display, we glimpse the redemptive power of God’s love for us, even before the cross, even before the resurrection, indeed, a love that has been from the very foundation of the world.
Prayer Lord of love, help me not to betray others or you, and help me not to betray myself but to choose instead to love, even when others would betray me.